Computer phone scam still thriving

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A TELEPHONE scam has sparked 46 complaints in six months in North Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council said the complaints are about the same scam that a similar number of people complained about last year.

It involves tricksters telephoning householders claiming they have a virus or security problem on their home computer. They then attempt to persuade their victims to log on and allow them remote access, enabling them to gain personal information and bank details. They often ask for payment by debit or credit card.

Coun Kevin Parkinson said: “Since the start of the year our trading standards officers have received more than 300 complaints from members of the public about scam calls and letters.

“These fraudsters have only one thing in mind – to con people out of money. I would urge anyone who receives such a call to hang up immediately and never give personal or bank details over the telephone.”

If you have a problem, call Consumer Direct on 08456 040506.